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14 July 2005 @ 03:35 pm
Painted Stork  
This one is a large beautiful bird with a bright orange beak and a predominantly white body and long legs (typical of all storks). I somehow got too close to it and as a result could only get his head in the frame. And a dark background completely out of focus helped me get this studio-like setting in the wild. I still don't know how I managed to get a stable photograph like this inspite of being on a boat.

krishikrishi on July 14th, 2005 10:27 am (UTC)
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Yathinyathin on July 14th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
I don't have the original with me right now, so will mail it to you after I get back to home.
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Yathinyathin on July 14th, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)
Actually, I realized that I cannot get a 1024x768 crop since this is a vertical photograph and if I crop, I'll have to chop off the beak.

So, I pasted the pic I've posted on a 1024x768 black canvas using GiMP and here's your wallpaper:

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goofy_duck2004: Rearviewgoofy_duck2004 on July 14th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
Beautifully captured.

May i also use the picture for my desktop??
Yathinyathin on July 14th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Of course!
sandeepdeepsan on July 14th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
never seen a bird that close but is the bird old with those wrinkles on the top of its head or is it the way it is?
Yathinyathin on July 14th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
:)) ... nopes. That's the way the bird is. In fact it's about the breeding age so in peak condition!
sandeepdeepsan on July 14th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)
how can you tell about the age of the bird?
Yathinyathin on July 14th, 2005 11:02 am (UTC)
So, most birds have different plumages when they are juveniles (sub-adults) and during breeding and non-breeding seasons.

But apart from that, each bird probably may have it's one way of aging which I'm not too sure or aware of. I think aged birds look bigger and their feathers look more worn out.
ex_kalyan on July 14th, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)
How did you manage the black bg ?
Yathinyathin on July 14th, 2005 11:15 am (UTC)
It's not actually black, but a very dark shade of green. I there was a lot of light around the area where the bird was and the background bamboo was in shade when I shot this and since the background was really far away, it blurred out real nice.
drkishoremurthy on July 14th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
cool! I have had similar thing happen with me and accidentally got an amazing black background..

lovely pic dude!! can't believe u managed to get this from a boat.. super!!
maxaudmaxaud on July 14th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
a fantastic shot!
Sajith T Ssajith on July 14th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
Dr. Tarique Sanitariquesani on July 14th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
Superb!! great job excellent texture of the skin and beak
Eppendorfseppendorfs on July 14th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)

Learning from your photography skills :)

The head of the bird has a faint resemblance to that of a turkey
Bhavanabhavanar on July 15th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
It's truly amazing! The water dripping off it's beak - too cool.
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 15th, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)

How far were you from it? Same distance as yesterday's sparrow?
Yathinyathin on July 15th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)
Dont remember exactly how far I was, but about 20-30 feet probably. Actually, I was much closer to the sparrow (about 10 feet). :)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 15th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC)
20 or 30 feet only, how do you manage to stand so close to them and not scare them away? I know they all like you by now:-)

Also I suppose you are using a 300mm zoom atleast for that shot?
Bhasker Hariharangromhellscream on July 15th, 2005 07:34 am (UTC)
awesome pic...

that said you may want to antialias the beak's top edge a bit...
Just A Little Something: anita  boraanitab on July 19th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
absolutely stunning! best picture i've seen of a painted stork to date :)
Yathinyathin on July 21st, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
Re: wow!
BrokenToothbrokentooth on July 21st, 2005 07:16 am (UTC)
Wow, that's an excellent photo.

By the way - this is Rahul - I don't think you'll know me, but I was a year junior to you in Cottons (I was there only for 11th and 12th, though). Just saw your photos, and there are so many spectacular shots - keep 'em coming :)
Yathinyathin on July 21st, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)

btw, other interesting cottonians who on LJ - bipin and un4given_pthoo (Gautam Mani. But, I guess he's forgotten that he has an account here.)